Friday’s Mini-Report, 3.9.18

Today’s edition of quick hits:

* Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) “on Friday signed into state law new gun restrictions – and a provision that allows teachers to arm themselves – crafted in response to the February killing of 17 people at a suburban high school.”

* Shkreli: “A Brooklyn federal judge dismissed the tearful plea for mercy from ‘Pharma Bro’ Martin Shkreli and sentenced him Friday to seven years in prison for defrauding investors.”

* Quite an op-ed from former U.S. Ambassador to Panama John Feeley: “I resigned because the traditional core values of the United States, as manifested in the president’s National Security Strategy and his foreign policies, have been warped and betrayed. I could no longer represent him personally and remain faithful to my beliefs about what makes America truly great.”

* Libya: “The United States military has carried out twice as many airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Libya since President Trump took office as it has publicly acknowledged, raising questions about whether the Pentagon has sought to obscure operations in the strife-torn North African nation.”

* That’s unexpected: “Former President Barack Obama is in advanced negotiations with Netflix to produce a series of high-profile shows that will provide him a global platform after his departure from the White House, according to people familiar with the discussions.”

* Remember this case? “The man accused of tackling U.S. Sen. Rand Paul in the Kentucky lawmaker’s yard has pleaded guilty to the attack that broke the senator’s ribs. Rene Boucher’s lawyer says his client pleaded guilty Friday to a federal charge of assaulting a member of Congress resulting in personal injury.”

* Sinclair tends to make headlines for the wrong reasons: “ ‘This is so manipulative.’ That’s an anchor at a local TV station owned by Sinclair, describing the company’s latest mandate, a promotional campaign that sounds like pro-Trump propaganda.”

* Hmm: “Conservative website The Daily Caller’s decision to publish an op-ed in which infamous Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska attacks special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into interference with the 2016 presidential election drew harsh criticism from journalists but quickly earned a link on The Drudge Report.”

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Friday's Mini-Report, 3.9.18